Grant from the National Science Foundation funds research on sustainable development biofertilizers in South Dakota

Redefining Sustainability: South Dakota Researchers Seek to Revolutionize Agriculture with Biofertilizers

A group of researchers from South Dakota Mines, South Dakota State University, North Dakota State University, and Sitting Bull College are collaborating on a project aimed at finding alternatives to synthetic fertilizers. The team has received a $4 million National Science Foundation award to develop biofertilizers, which they hope will create a more sustainable and efficient solution for fertilizing crops in the state.

Prasoon Diwakar, Ph.D., an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at South Dakota Mines, and Tanvi Govil, Ph.D., an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Mines, shared their insights on the research during an interview on “In the Moment” on SDPB Radio. They are optimistic that by developing biofertilizers, they can provide farmers with a more natural and eco-friendly option for enhancing soil fertility and crop yields.

The ultimate goal of the collaboration is to reduce the reliance on synthetic fertilizers, which can have negative environmental impacts. By developing biofertilizers, the researchers aim to create a more sustainable agricultural industry in South Dakota. This project has the potential to revolutionize the way crops are grown in the state, leading to a more environmentally friendly and sustainable agricultural industry.


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